Jim Johnson RP ATL 3 weeks ago

Johnson is expected to take over closer duties for the Braves with Jason Grilli suffering a season-ending Achilles injury, MLB.com reports.

The Braves haven't officially named a closer, but Johnson is the likely candidate as he has five saves this season as Grilli's understudy.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 4 weeks ago

Johnson allowed a pair of hits, but kept the Phillies at bay in the ninth inning to record his fifth save in a 2-1 Braves win Friday night.

With five saves and a 2.25 ERA, Johnson has served respectably as the back-up closer when Jason Grilli has been unavailable. The braves have to be careful with Grilli's workload, so Johnson tends to get a few more save opportunities than would normally be expected for a set-up man, slightly enhancing his fantasy value.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 1 month ago

Johnson worked out of a jam to pick up his fourth save of the season in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Mets.

Jason Grilli threw 38 pitches over the previous two games, leaving Johnson to serve as the closer Sunday evening. Grilli's absence nearly cost the Braves dearly, as the Mets started the top of the ninth with back-to-back singles -- one on a bunt -- before Johnson finished things off by inducing a flyout from Lucas Duda and a double play from Michael Cuddyer. Johnson now has a streak of seven consecutive scoreless appearances, dropping his ERA to 2.70. His poor strikeout numbers make him tough to trust in the long run, but he's still a ground-ball machine and an excellent source of holds.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 2 months ago

Johnson pitched a perfect ninth Wednesday against the Padres for his 3rd save of the season.

Closer Jason Grilli was rested after pitching two straight days, so Johnson got the nod Wednesday. Johnson will resume his role as the Braves' main setup man going forward.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 2 months ago

Johnson threw a scoreless eighth inning Saturday, giving up one hit and striking out one, to notch his 11th hold of the season.

With Jason Grilli back in the closer role after his recent back spasms, Johnson is once again the Braves' main set-up man. However he's been used he's been pitching well, and now sports a 2.95 ERA and 16:4 K:BB ratio in 18.1 innings on the season.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 3 months ago

Johnson earned his second save of the season Monday against the Reds with Jason Grilli (back spasms) unavailable.

Johnson had been serving as the setup man for the Braves. With Grilli not on the disabled list, expect him to return to the closer's role soon. Johnson's ERA is down to 3.52 after it was as high as 5.63 earlier this season.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 3 months ago

Johnson could see some save chances should Jason Grilli (back spasms) not be able to pitch this week.

Grilli is considered day-to-day for now, but was unavailable over the weekend. Johnson's worth a short-term look if you need saves.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 3 months ago

Johnson allowed a pair of runs on three hits, he did not walk a batter and struck out one over an inning of work to record his fourth hold in Atlanta's 8-7 win over Toronto on Friday night.

After the Braves dealt closer Craig Kimbrel to San Diego, the pair of Johnson and Jason Grilli were thrust into the late inning roles for the Braves. Both had been performing exceptionally well before this little blemish (Grilli did record his fifth save with a clean ninth inning in this one), but Johnson has gone through stretches of extreme volatility over the past couple of seasons.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 4 months ago

Johnson recorded his first save of the season Saturday against the Mets.

Johnson gave up one hit in one inning of work. He threw 11 strikes out of his 16 pitches Saturday to get through the inning. He has yet to give up a run on the year.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 4 months ago

Johnson tossed 1.1 scoreless innings in the Braves' win over the Marlins on Monday.

He picked up a hold for the effort, finishing the seventh inning before handling the Marlins in the eighth. Jason Grilli earned the save Monday, and Johnson is likely the next in line option to work the ninth inning if an injury or bout of ineffectiveness derails Grilli in the near future.